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Ireland’s first live 5G demo hosted by Vodafone at Dublin’s Trinity College

Ireland’s first successful live demonstration of 5G technology was carried out at an event in Dublin’s Trinity College.

Vodafone Ireland and Ericsson achieved 15 Gigabit per second speeds with a latency of less than five milliseconds at the Douglas Hyde Gallery.

In addition to showcasing “the 5G speeds of the future”, Vodafone also tested pre-standard 5G across its recently acquired 3.6GHz spectrum.

A range of real-life customer applications for 5G technology were highlighted at Wednesday’s immersive demonstration of future technology.

Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Ireland’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Madalina Suceveanu said that “the first successful trial of pre-standard 5G is an essential step forward in achieving our vision of a Gigabit Society for Ireland”.

“As our network evolves toward 5G it will become even faster and more resilient, will have significantly lower latency, and will allow a huge number of devices to connect simultaneously,” she said.

Over time, it is expected that 5G will gradually drive super-high speed broadband and media, help connect massive numbers of devices, enable the provision of faster, secure, reliable and robust connectivity and help provide ultra-low latency for human machine interaction.

The healthcare – and education – industry in particular was highlighted as a sector that could benefit from the advancements in technology.

Opportunities were explored which include the enablement of doctors to operate in a VR environment using a haptic glove, while students join the class through VR glasses to experience the operation.

Head of Ericsson Ireland John Griffin said that 5G will offer a raft of benefits both for consumers and businesses.

“Through these trials, Vodafone can evaluate 5G technology and its opportunities to provide better services to consumers and businesses prior to the commercial deployment of 5G,” he said.

“In addition, these trials will provide us with insights about what use cases will benefit from 5G in the future.”

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